DALLAS — The Drivewyze weigh station bypass service is now being provided in North Dakota, marking the first debut of a fully operational weigh station bypass program in the state, according to a Drivewyze news release.
The Drivewyze PreClear program is offering weigh station bypass opportunities at 13 different approaches to seven fixed weigh stations, as well as eight mobile sites, for a total of 21 locations. The program is being run in collaboration with the North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol.
“Drivewyze PreClear now debuts offering five times as many bypass opportunities as that of an anticipated transponder-based system when it goes live,” said Brian Heath, president and CEO of Drivewyze. “Truck fleets and drivers who operate safely and within legal weight limits and meet the state’s criteria can obtain bypasses through Drivewyze.
The addition of North Dakota continues the expansion of North America’s largest bypass service network and closes a nearly 400-mile service gap between Moorhead, Minnesota, and Wibaux, Montana, Heath said.
“Drivers traveling from Chicago to Idaho now have bypass opportunities in all six states over a 2,000-mile stretch,” he said.
Heath said North Dakota officials are recognizing weigh station bypass as an effective tool for their commercial vehicle enforcement officers. “It allows their officers to concentrate their enforcement efforts on truck operators who need the additional attention.”
Captain Eldon Mehrer, of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, agrees.
“The system will allow our troopers and inspectors to function more efficiently,” Mehrer said. “They can focus on historically problematic carriers while allowing companies with favorable safety ratings to proceed with minimal interruption.”
The Drivewyze PreClear weigh station bypass application comes pre-loaded on in-cab telematics and ELD devices like Omnitracs, PeopleNet, Rand McNally and Zonar. Fleets can turn on Drivewyze PreClear Analytics to help them determine how much Drivewyze can potentially save them before activating the subscription-based weigh station bypass service. The application is also available for Android and iOS-based tablets or smartphones.
Below is a complete listing of the new sites arranged by highway:
Drivewyze comes with a free Weigh Station Heads-Up service for real-time notifications at more than 1,200 weigh stations and inspection sites nationwide.
To learn more about Drivewyze, visit drivewyze.com.